Catfish and The Bottlemen – Kathleen

Catfish and The Bottlemen – Kathleen

A band frequently blogged about here, Catfish and The Bottlemen, have just released their latest single presumably of their eagerly anticipated debut album.

 

Released via the use of what seems to be one of their new showbiz pals, Zane Lowe’s ‘Hottest Record in the World’.

 

Kathleen certainly offers something new from the Welsh boys.

 

You can hear the growth in maturity from the band, as insignificant as it sounds in the opening lines, “You’re simpatico, and of all the lift homes and all the mixed feelings.”

 

This seems like a band that is no longer looking at love from the position of an angst filled teenager but a mature adult, a more realistic person if that.

 

Further from this is the music, it’s intricately different to what they normally release, I find it to be very “New-York-indie”, very The Strokes – Room on Fire.

 

But you can still hear that undeniably brilliant sound that is Catfish and the Bottlemen, the explosive chorus, atmospheric verses and powerful tone of lead singer Van’s voice.

 

Ladies and Gentleman, I think we have the song of the summer: 

 

Insect Youth – Whale Belly

Music as a whole is an art, or at least perceived as one.

 

Yet occasionally a band will come up out of nowhere and give you something that neither soothes the soul or makes you upset but something that is quite thought provoking.

 

Enter Whale Belly.

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A young band from London, Whale Belly were known as Hornets amidst the release of Insect Youth.

 

Regardless vocalist James Stelzer is still just as pissed off.

 

Due to the very nature of the band I refuse to give them a song-by-song review as I feel that would be too bureaucratic.

 

Insect Youth, however, begins, with the title track that has, something that sounds like a monologue from Michael Caine; “People like Coldplay and voted for the Nazis! You can’t trust people Jeremy.” – this sets the tone for the album.

 

With metaphorical uses from Stelzer such as, “Try to stamp on the hornets nest. Feel the sting of a thousand pests” it is clear they as a band aren’t very happy.

 

Whale Belly to me seem like the middle-child of music.

 

If Justin Cyrus or Miley Bieber made such profound statements as that then somebody would turn around and listen.

 

The same would happen if Dave Grohl said that, someone would be like “Wow that’s awesome”.

 

Yet a third of punk, a third of emotional rock and a third post-hardcore band get completely over looked.

 

But maybe it’s just because Whale Belly are just as fucked up as the people they are pissed off with (In the nicest of ways of course).

 

All in all the EP is fantastic and a great success for DIY bands everywhere.

 

Go buy it and as they themselves would say, have a little cry and a little mosh. 

http://whalebellyhc.bandcamp.com/

6 women in indie music that you’d like to take to Nando’s.

So, my girlfriend has left me to on my own whilst she is in Eastern Europe for a week.

Seeing couples out on dates, being happy and generally mithering me with the exchanging of gifts and well, saliva, today especially, gave me an idea.

I thought to myself, what women in indie music would I like to take on a date?

Low and behold, here are 6 women that you would like to take to Nando’s or various other “first-date destinations”:

1. Annie Erin Clark (St. Vincent)

She’s just outrageously strange. Her best single has to be “Cruel” taken off of her third album “Strange Mercy” the sampling of that melody, along with the guitar riff makes me want to dance and hoover the floor at the same time. Not only can she write a good song she can damn sure play guitar.

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2. Hannah Reid (London Grammar)

I don’t really like London Grammar, she just looks like the type of girl who likes Nando’s.

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3. Kate Nash

Since the release of her first single “Foundations” Kate Nash has always been known for how pretty she is. Much like Annie Erin Clark she has now became outrageously strange. But at the same time, she is quite the cool gal, constantly rated highly in the contradictory “Cool list” created by the whizz kids down at the NME office.

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Having been in a relationship with Ryan Jarman for some time (but recently broken up). Kate Nash could be considered the personification of an “Indie Cindie”.

4. The whole of Deap Valley

Any girl group sporting a similar sound to that of Jack White and subsequently, The White Stripes are just worth noting. Not only are they both enjoyable aesthetically but both amazing musicians. Songs such as “Gonna Make My Own Money” can be found on sound tracks to adverts from Lynx and TV programmes like Made in Chelsea.

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5. Anna Prior (Metronomy)

She’s a drummer, which is cool, and little do a lot of people know, but she’s a fantastic singer. My knowledge on Metronomy is not massive but I saw them in Manchester on a NME awards tour (back in the day), she sang a song and I was very impressed.

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6. Mariko Doi (Yuck)

I love Yuck, I like girls who play bass. It’s almost too stereotypical to enjoy the fact that a band clearly as hip as Yuck actually have an Asian chick playing the bass (It’s almost as if the same guy who wrote “Scott Pilgrim Vs The World” made this band, like got the group together and was like you four should totally make a band), it is indeed almost laughable. But it’s laughable to the point where you eventually turn around and think she’s actually hot. They just released their second album “Glow and Behold” go enjoy it, I did. 

 

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Bombay Bicycle Club “So Long, See You Tomorrow”

Bombay Bicycle Club “So Long, See You Tomorrow”

Bombay Bicycle Club have just released their newest album “So Long See You Tomorrow”. With it being three years in the making this album was definitely the longest break they’ve had from recording.

 

Though, the band was recording in that time it has also been noted that lead singer Jack Steadman has been left to his own creative devices whilst gallivanting around this very spherical world.

 

This influence of other cultures comes clear in the opening 40 seconds of the album, as “Overdone” kicks in your given a very “Norwegian Wood” feel along with the use of some steel drums, for good measure of course.

 

About mid way through this opening song you’re given a very “Pure Imagination” (Yes that is a Willy Wonka reference) melody from a flute.

 

Lead Single from the album “Carry Me” is definitely that type of song that you have to listen to about four and a half times and question whether this is the same band who released “I Had The Blues and Shook Them Loose”, before you begin to enjoy it.

 

The use of bassy drums and a heavy use of some tenor saxophones this song could easily be mistaken for that of sir Derulo’s “Talk Dirty To Me”.

 

Yet, “Carry Me” grows on you infectiously, you get addicted.

 

Steadman’s vocal line in the middle-eight “If anybody wants to know, our love is getting old” is a OMG-imagine-this-at-a-festival kind of moment in the album.

 

Again the lead hook “You carry, you carry me” Simple, catchy and just brilliant.

 

Between lead single and the latter of the two “Luna”, you are given a very “Hey Jude” kind of vibe, it’s all just kind up in the air.

 

Until, “Luna” this single gives you exactly what you have been waiting for.

 

Classic Bombay Bicycle Club; infectious happiness.

 

Along with Steadman’s vocals: which I’m pretty sure you can hear his smile whilst he’s singing.

 

A guitar driven song with disjointed rhythms – it’s nice to see that though the band are amidst an obvious experimental evolutionary stage, they’re still reminiscent of their roots.

 

Just as you think the album is to begin to settle down the song “Feel” begins, again a heavily Bhangra influenced melody, even part-taking in the use of Indian instruments.

 

This one instance just sums up the whole album and is a great way to begin to bring the album to a close.

 

So Long See You Tomorrow” is yet another well crafted album from Bombay Bicycle Club. However, it’ obvious the band are no longer what they were when they first became. The use of samples, well, everything that isn’t a guitar is becoming their “thing” and this was foreseeable in the song “Shuffle” on their last album “A Different Kind of Fix”. It’s safe to say this album is a game changer for the future of Bombay Bicycle Club. As after all, It’s a lot for a band from Crouch End, London.